Weather takes a turn in time for Baby Animal Days

Strollers lined the fences of animal pens as families waited in queue to board a miniature train. Several women were seen cooing at and talking to the piglets — the phrase “so cute” was said often. One father bleated at a sheep while holding his child on his shoulders at. Little girls shrieked as boys pointed in awe at the abundance of animal droppings. Tiny goats huddled together in the corner of their wooden pen and flinched every time a curious child bumped the gate. These were all common sights and sounds at the American West Heritage Center during Baby Animal Days on Saturday. The sky was sunny — a contrast to the snow Friday. The event featured many farm animals historically common in American farms, but the three-month-old brown bears in the Bear World exhibit were the favorite for several visitors. Kimberli Robison, a resident of Richmond and attendee at Baby Animal Days, said the event was better this year than last. “We didn’t have to wait in line for two hours,” she said of the wait to see the cubs. “I look forward to the bears.” Two of Robison’s children, Natali and Leasa, also liked the bear cubs. “They were cute and cuddly,” said 8-year-old Natali. “They look hyper, running around.”

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